Khabib Nurmagomedov dominated Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, submitting the interim champ by leg triangle in the second round to move his perfect record in the octagon to an unprecedented 29-0.
"He made no mistakes. People speak to Jon Jones being undefeated, but he made a mistake; he did an up-and-down elbow. Khabib made no mistakes. Even in dominance, he never messed up."@dc_mma explains why he believes @TeamKhabib is the GOAT 🐐 #UFC254 pic.twitter.com/CjeJpg3AKo
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) October 25, 2020
Following the fight, Khabib openly mourned the passing of his father before announcing his retirement from the sport per the wishes of his mother. The surprise announcement and his spotless career caused a wide assortment of fellow fighters and MMA fans to take to Twitter to react.
KHABIB DOMINATES GAETHJE AT UFC 254
Congratulations to the greatest champion in @ufc history. What a career, we are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with you my brother. 29-0 undefeated and undisputed. #weareaka #eaglesmma #fathersplan #heissoproud @TeamKhabib pic.twitter.com/uXjiT34JuV
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) October 24, 2020
— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) October 24, 2020
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) October 24, 2020
— “Young Superstar” (@Benaskren) October 24, 2020
I want to congratulate Khabib for an outstanding career. I know he made his father along with millions of fans around the world incredibly proud today. May God continue to bless him on his journey.
— BONY (@JonnyBones) October 24, 2020
Good performance @TeamKhabib.
I will carry on.
Respect and condolences on your father again also. To you and family.
Yours sincerely, The McGregors.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 24, 2020
Khabib Is an inspiration 🙏 Congrats #UFC254
— Ryan Garcia (@KingRyanG) October 24, 2020
— michael (@bisping) October 24, 2020
I very much have mixed feelings to see a great like @TeamKhabib retire like that! My selfish side always wants to see what else can be learned from a martial artists at his level of technique and endurance.
— Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) October 24, 2020
Great night of fights. Congratulations to @TeamKhabib on a great career 👏 I'm sure his father is unbelievably proud 🙏🏽
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) October 24, 2020
— Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) October 24, 2020
— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) October 24, 2020
Justin keep your head up my brother you’ll be back and you have a champion spirit. Khabib you’re the absolute best and the gold standard of a human being. Thank you for an outstanding career. Love you guys. 🙏🏽❤️
— Dan “50k” Ige (@Dynamitedan808) October 24, 2020
Khabib the G.O.A.T. 🐐 #UFC254
— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) October 24, 2020
"What we do is a sport. This goes beyond sport, goes to the human side and I just wish him and his family the best."@GeorgesStPierre tells @arielhelwani he is "very happy" for Khabib in retirement and "would never dare" ask him to stick around. pic.twitter.com/U2l0jP17Zl
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) October 24, 2020
— Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) October 24, 2020